Shubbak Festival | A window on contemporary Arab culture

"Shubbak not only shows the diversity of Arab culture but also what makes it distinctive to itself."

Festival audience member, 2019

Every two years in London, Shubbak presents a major festival showcasing contemporary Arab art and culture. The next festival will take place live and online this summer.

There's always plenty to see and do. From marathon DJ sets to evenings of soulful dance and music, cutting edge films to new classics, fresh talent in dance and the visual arts to theatrical legends, and bold new voices in literature and poetry. The varied programme offers a different perspective on Arab culture. Audiences are excited by the chance to discover new and interesting artists, and to re-acquaint themselves with celebrated names.

To get a flavour of what we offer, explore the 2021 festival guide or watch some of our favourite moments and highlights from 2019.

Keep connected online through our newsletter and social channels. Be the first to find out about this year's programme and join us this summer, wherever you are. We'll be live and online from June 2021.

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2021 Festival

Shubbak Festival returns in summer 2021 with a new programme of online and offline events. This means you can experience the festival from wherever you are.

Explore the events
About the festival

Shubbak festival highlights

2019 highlights and new work

Watch some of our favourite moments from Shubbak Festival 2019.

Or take a look at What's On(line) to explore recent and archived projects.

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